I am saddened to have to report that longtime Flying Scot sailor Steve Hartman died this week from an infection. He was 64. Steve was a legend at the Clinton Lake Sailing Association, especially for establishing the Glow-in-the-Dark regatta, which drew sailors from as far as Texas and Florida. The regatta was as well known for its fabulous food, courtesy of Steve, as its great racing, complete with wacky trophies, even including a toilet seat!
Several years ago Steve stopped sailing his Scot and he, his brother, Mike, and his cousin, Jerry, stopped hosting the Glow. But more recently Steve had become enthusiastic about sailing again and about supporting the revived Glow. Steve and his son-in-law, Eric Bussell, sailed together in the Flying Scot Midwinters in Sarasota last March.
Steve helped and encouraged Eric and Eric's father, Rod, to become active in the Flying Scot fleet at Clinton Lake. Ben and I had the honor and pleasure of meeting Steve in Sarasota this past March and enjoyed his ideas, enthusiasm and support for the upcoming Glow regatta.
He will be sorely missed by the Flying Scot community.